If you’ve just arrived in Orlando and driving to see Mickey and Minnie, you’re probably wondering what those large skeleton of buildings are off the 417. At first glance you might think more hotels or some amusement park – Orlando is after all a world class vacation destination.
However, if you look closely, you realize that the frame of those buildings don’t quite make sense for a hotel, and where are all the coaster frames and iconic ears?
When I first arrived in Orlando over a year-and-half ago, my husband told me that Lake Nona, where we reside, will house one of the largest, most talked about projects in Orlando probably since Disney came to town. As an unemployed medical social worker, I was intrigued to say the least. You see, this is not just a hospital and a new VA Center; this is a “world” of medicine and research. The visionaries are calling it, The Medical City.
WFTV reported that The Medical City of Lake Nona in Orlando, FL continues to flourish and create jobs, which our economy desperately needs. Orlando is not just known as a tourist destination, it houses the nation’s third largest airport, two of the largest hospital systems in Florida, and the University of Florida which is the sixth largest in the US.
In August of this year, the University of Central Florida celebrated the official opening of its new UCF Medical School building. A year ago the Burnham Institute for Medical Research opened with $50 million in support from one philanthropist. The Burnham Institute plans to employ 300 people at their facility.
There will be a new Diabetes Research Center built with the collaboration of the Burnham Institute and Florida Hospital; however this center will be located in Downtown, Orlando
The MD Anderson Cancer Center, supported by the Charles Lewis Institute and partnering with the UCF College of Medicine has also opened its doors.
Still Under Construction:
According to Orlando Medical News, Nemours Children’s Hospital will cost over $400 million to build and the hospital plans on bringing specialized pediatric health-care to the Medical Center. Nemours’ will have 95 hospital beds, a clinic, a center for ambulatory diagnostics, research and education. It’s estimated that the Nemours Children’s Hospital will open in 2012.
Orlando VA Medical Center will cost $656 million to complete sometime in 2012, according to the Orlando Medical News. They also report that the new VA Medical Center will have a high tech medical complex that sits on 67 acres, house a 134-bed hospital, a 118-bed community living center, 60-bed assisted care facility, outpatient clinic and VA benefits center. The report states that Central Florida has nearly 400,000 veterans.
WFTV – The Medical City Vision
Orlando Medical News: First Facility Opens in Lake Nona’s Medical City
Orlando VA Medical Center